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Brian Burns has emerged as a leader early in his career at FSU

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The sophomore is being used as an example of how to run drills in practice.

There’s a lot to like about Brian Burns after just one year at Florida State.

After all, the now-sophomore put together one of the more impressive seasons by a true freshman defensive end in program history last season, finishing the year with 9.5 sacks.

Not entirely unexpectedly, this early production has tied in with Burns becoming one of the leaders of FSU’s defensive ends unit. This became especially evident at Tuesday’s practice which saw Burns used by defensive ends/outside linebackers coach Brad Lawing as the example of how to run drills.

“It means a lot to me. It means that he trusts me,” Burns said of being the golden example in practice. “I’m glad to show them the ropes and show them how to do things correctly.”

Burns’ teammates have also seen him make strides off the field, where his vocal leadership skills have grown.

“It wasn’t really so much me wanting to take that role, but I felt like that was an opportunity to say something,” Burns said of his newfound leadership role. “I feel like I’m getting a great response from the rest of the guys.”

Burns also talks at length about how he expects FSU’s defensive line group to counter the loss of DeMarcus Walker from last year’s team and what he has been working on in the video attached below.

Florida State Seminoles Football defensive end Brian Burns talks about the upcoming season.

Posted by on Tuesday, August 15, 2017